Raspi wifi ipad


Hi. am trying to use a RTL dongle-Raspi-wifi setup to view flights on an ipad. Any help or suggestions plz? Is this even possible? Am trying to use this setup offline. Thanx.


My Rpi runs dump1090-mutability. Using IPad2 Safari brings up the map of tracked aircraft. Try port 8080 on your Pi unless you changed it.


Hi Joel. thanx for the reply! Sorry but I am a newbie…still trying to put together the rasp bit. Could u n like-minded others help me out with tips n suggestions? My intention is to use this to view local flights when out camping or even driving. Am right now simply following the instructions on FA to assemble the Rasp kit. Thanx.


:smiley: :smiley: IT WORX!!! IT WORX!!! :smiley: :smiley:

Just now completed the rasp setup. First attempt…and its up n running…showing me flights already!!!

OK…right now am hardwired into the internet via ethernet cable. How do I setup WiFi connectivity? Sorry but no Linux or any tech code knowledge :frowning:

Any help plzzzzzzz??



JackNCoke, here is what I have managed to figure out in the few months I have been doing this. I have basically gone through the same process I think you indicated you are going through, setting up a Raspberry Pi, feeding info to FlightAware and then tracking aircraft. I am just a guy with an interest and no technical experience, so will try to put this in the most basic terms as there are some pretty experienced experts on the Forum here. If I communicated something incorrectly, other Forum members please jump in!

Purchase the required equipment (Pi, Pi case, MicroSD card/adapter, power supply and ADSB dongle). The Nooelec ADSB dongle and antenna suggested by the “Build a Piaware ADS-B receiver” is a good start. After all the instructions getting the Pi to work, simply place the antenna in a window and start seeing what you pick up. Small differences in placement will effect your stats. I had my antenna on my window sill, but moved it up 2 feet to the middle of my window with suction cups and got a 15% increase in my tracking. Eventually you will want to consider alternative antennas and outdoor antenna placement to increase your coverage. There are many Discussion topics on the subject of antennas on the site. You can build a variety of homemade antennas for less than $20 and an hour of time. Ebay and Amazon are good places to pick up some of the antenna stuff when you go down this path.

If you set up your Raspberry Pi and then feed your location data back to FlightAware, you get FlightAware Enterprise access for free, which basically give you access to a robust range of services and products on FlightAware.com. At this point, you will be able to track aircraft, display them on screen, see aircraft type, tail number direction, route, altitude, speed and other interesting stats for those public airlines and some general aviation craft as well. Please note that not all aircraft have the ADSB hardware (as this is mandated to take effect by 2020?) but it has been reported that around 60% of the scheduled airline aircraft currently have this equipment and broadcast this information. General aviation aircraft have a lower percentage with ADSB and also have the ability to restrict access to certain information and flight tracking.

If you want to track aircraft while away from home, camping (please, not while driving :smiley: ) , etc., you can use your Ipad to access your FlightAware account. Now, you wont actually be using the Ipad as device to record flights/positions and feed back to FlightAware, but simply access data fed to FlightAware from yours and other feeders. I actually use FlightAware on my Iphone to check my stats as well. There is an app for Apple and one for Android users or you can always use your phone’s web browser for FlightAware.com access.

However, you can use the Ipad to access FlightAware.com and use the Live Tracker feature to zero in on your remote location (if you are camping, etc and provided you have wifi or cellular data) and you can use it to display nearby air traffic and their info. Again, this is data from other Flightware feeders as I am pretty sure Ipads do not have the ability to attach an SDR dongle and antenna for actually remote tracking on the Ipad itself.

This should get you started…It is certainly a fun little hobby and I would be happy to share more insight.



Hi Brian

Thanx for the reply n tips…yes am trying to follow exactly those guidelines. And No, not while driving :slight_smile:

What I am trying to achieve is viewing flights on my ipad as recvd by my dongle while offline…say out camping where there’s no internet connectivity option…

How do i do that? I have a GPS chip to install on the rasp to locate me and also for time stamp for MLAT when in connectivity.

Cheers and thanx again :slight_smile:


This is where the android flight feeder comes into its own, GPS is from the phone, networking is from the phone


If you are wanting to see your own data from the Pi on the Ipad from ‘not at home’, you are going to need to setup a port redirection on your router.

so if you look at your flight aware page you’ll see something like this:
Internet IP:
Site local IP:
Web interface: view live data (requires local network connection)

So I setup a port redirection on my router that tells it if anything from the outside world ask for port 1234, then send it to port 8080 on the PiAware

So if you go to you are seeing my Pi just as if you had LOCAL NETWORK ACCESS

I KNOW this is going to he helpful to someone!!!



If your Ipad has no Wifi or 3G connection and you are really offline, you are not going to see any data from anything, anywhere!